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1856 F. W. Taylor (Pennsylvania-born Inventor, Pioneer in Industrial Management) Pennsylvania Business Leaders Inventors and Inventions Business New York Times
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1602 The Dutch Republic Grants the Dutch East India a Monopoly on Trade in the East Indies The Netherlands Business Monopolies South African History
1760 Great Fire of Boston Destroys 349 Buildings Boston Fire Safety Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1836 State of Michigan Borrows Money for the First Time: $36,000 @ 6% Interest Michigan Business Markets and Investments Historic Firsts Historical Society of  Michigan (pdf)
1837 Michigan Passes Public Improvements Act to Build 3 Railroads and 2 Canals Across the State Michigan Government Law and Legal Resources Railroads Canals Historical Society of  Michigan (pdf)
Michigan Passes a Plan for Free Public Schools in the State Michigan Education Law and Legal Resources Education Historical Society of  Michigan (pdf)
1864 U.S.S. Tioga Captures the Confederate Sloop Swallow Off Florida's East Coast Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1881 Saginaw's Bancroft Hotel Turns on Michigan's First Commercial Incandescent Lighting Saginaw, Michigan The Light Bulb Historic Firsts Historical Society of  Michigan (pdf)
1883 Jan Matzeliger Receives U.S. Patent 274,207 for the First Shoe Lasting Machine Jan Matzeliger Patents and Trademarks Inventors & Inventions African-American Scientists & Mathematicians Patent Document African American Registry
1895 Newberry, Florida Is Incorporated Newberry, Florida Newberry, Florida Florida Historical Society
1933 President Franklin Roosevelt Signs Economy Act Slashing Federal Salaries FDR Great Depression History Channel U.S. Treasury
1997 Liggett Group, Maker of Chesterfield Cigarettes, Settles Lawsuits with 22 States Tobacco Law Business New York Times

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